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Four active days in Kuusamo

Four active days in Kuusamo

Ruka and Kuusamo offer a unique variety between the vibrant ski center of Ruka with its restaurants and the remote wilderness of Kuusamo with its magical nature. This is the kind of place that makes you want to come again and again.

Kaarna is an arctic hotel and bistro style restaurant located at the shore of Lake Talvijärvi, close, yet not too close to the Ruka tourist resort and ski center. After an active day out, take a relaxing sauna and why not a refreshing dip in the frozen lake. 

Husky Safari is a great way to experience the winter forest at its best. You will drive 2 people in a sleigh and change the "musher" in between. After the ride you will enjoy hot berry juice or coffee, some snacks and get a chance to meet the huskies closer. 

Reindeer Sleigh Ride on a traditional reindeer farm takes you to the magical winter forest pulled by a reindeer. Later you will meet hundreds of reindeer and see what local artisans make in a handicrafts shop. A soup lunch is served at the reindeer farm.

In Aurora Hunting by Snowmobiles you are in a search of the Northern Lights with a professional guide in the nature. With snowmobiles it is easy to move in the wintery land and your guide shows you the best places to see the Auroras. If the sky is clear, you might see one!

Snowshoeing is pretty easy yet a good exercise. This three hour snowshoe tour takes you up through the Taiga forest to the peak of legendary Pyhävaara fell, famous for its stunning views and wildlife. On the trail your guide will tell you the wonders of the arctic nature. You will also stop for a rest where you will be served coffee/tea, hot juice and a fresh bun in the heart of this snowy wonderland.

 

Extra activities: (costs not included)

Ice Fishing on a frozen lake with a local guide. You will walk on the icy lake to a good spot, then your guide will teach you how to do ice fishing. When catching a fish, the guide shows how to cook it on fire. (available on wedesdays and saturdays)

Skiing equipment rental is available from monday to saturday at 10-16 in Ruka Ski School and you can choose between cross country skiing or down hill skiing. Also skiing instructor can be organized.

 

Accommodation:

  • Kaarna Arctic Hotel, Superior Room, 4 nights

Flights: (not included)

  • By Finnair:
    • Helsinki-Kuusamo at 11:50 arriving at 13:05
    • Kuusamo-Helsinki at 13:35 arriving at 14:45

Activities:

  • Husky Safari 25km, 3,5h
  • Reindeer sleigh ride 1,5km and meeting the reindeer, lunch included, 3h
  • Aurora Hunting by Snowmobiles, 4h
  • Snowshoeing in the Pyhävaara fell scenery, 3h
  • Skiing with instructor, 1h
  • Extra:
    • Ice Fishing on a frozen lake, 3h 
    • Ski equipment rental available from 10:00 to 16:00 mon-sat
      • cross country or down hill skiing/snowboarding

Meals:

  • breakfast x4
  • lunch x3
  • dinner reservation x2

 

FOUR ACTIVE DAYS IN KUUSAMO

Itinerary: (sample)

Day 1, Arrival

  • 13:05 arrival to Kuusamo airport
  • 13:25 transfer to Kaarna Arctic Hotel
  • 14:00 lunch at Kaarna Restaurant
  • check-in to Kaarna Arctic Hotel
  • afternoon as you wish/ walk to Ruka Ski School for ski rental
  • sauna at the hotel
  • 20:00 dinner reservation
  • night in Kaarna Arctic Hotel

Day 2, Skiing

  • breakfast
  • 9-10 Cross Country Skiing with instructor
  • 10-12 auto guided skiing in Ruka area
  • lunch as you wish
  • afternoon as you wish/ time for extra activity
  • sauna at the hotel
  • dinner as you wish
  • night in Kaarna Arctic Hotel

Day 3, Huskies

  • breakfast
  • transfer to the Husky Kennel
  • 10-13:30 Husky Safari 25km, including lunch
  • transfer back to Ruka
  • afternoon as you wish/ auto guided skiing in Ruka area
  • sauna at the hotel
  • dinner as you wish
  • night in Kaarna Arctic Hotel

Day 4, Snowshoes and the Auroras

  • breakfast
  • 9-12 Snowshoeing in the Pyhävaara fell scenery
  • lunch as you wish
  • afternoon at leisure
  • 18:30 dinner reservation
  • 20-24 Aurora Hunting by Snowmobiles
  • night in Kaarna Arctic Hotel

Day 5, Departure with reindeer

  • breakfast
  • check-out
  • 9:00 transfer to Reindeer Farm
  • 9:15-12:15 Reindeer Sleigh Ride and meeting the reindeer, including soup lunch
  • 12:15 transfer to Kuusamo airport
  • 13:35 departure flight via Helsinki

 

Note! Extra days can be added. 

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